January 2001, pg. 5. MAINE BAR BULLETIN.

Maine Bar Journal


January 2001, pg. 5.


Maine Bar JournalJanuary 2001MAINE BAR BULLETIN25 Years AgoExcerpts from the January 1976 issue of the Maine Bar BulletinDivorce a Multi-Faceted ProblemCushman D. Anthony, Esq.During the summer of 1975, a group of social workers, psychologists, clergymen and divorced men and women in Greater Portland, planned and organized a ten week program entitled "Divorce Perspectives.' In the words of their brochure, the program was "designed to provide assistance and support in dealing with the adjustment process in re-entry and beyond,...to help participants become aware of divorce as an opportunity for growth." The planners expected twenty to forty people for the weekly sessions, which consisted of a speaker or panel followed by coffee and small group discussions. The need for this sort of program was far greater than realized, however, and one hundred forty people showed up for the first session, and the attendance grew from there. A total of over four hundred people attended one or more sessions and the average weekly attendance was 154. Subjects of the ten programs included financial issues, children and divorce, divorce and sexual patterns, depression and emotional readjustment, and legal issues in divorce. At the final critique session, attend-ee]expressed a desire for more programs of a similar nature.

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